Anti-Theft Devices Minden LA

Local resource for anti-theft devices in Minden, LA. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to security alarms, kill switches, visible steering wheel locks, wheel locks, and electronic keys, as well as advice and content on electronic tracking devices.

AutoZone
(318) 371-1338
140 E Union
Minden, LA
 
Advance Auto Parts
(318) 382-9844
418 Homer Rd
Minden, LA

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Maaco Auto Body Shop and Collision Center
(504) 468-1404
1243-5 Veterans Blvd.
Kenner, LA
Hours
Mon-Fri :8AM - 5PM
Sat:9AM - 12PM
Sun:Closed

AutoZone
(318) 251-3005
300 N Bonner St
Ruston, LA
 
AutoZone
(337) 234-5271
301 E. Third St.
Lafayette, LA
 
O'Reilly Auto Parts
(318) 377-2506
1001 Homer Rd
Minden, LA

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AutoZone
(337) 824-4347
1201 Elton Rd.
Jennings, LA
 
AutoZone
(318) 861-7107
321 E Kings Hwy
Shreveport, LA
 
AutoZone
(225) 647-0291
1414-A N Burnside
Gonzales, LA
 
AutoZone
(985) 345-3711
2740 W Thomas
Hammond, LA
 
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Car Thieves Just As High-Tech As Anti-Theft Devices
It's unthinkable. You wake up one morning and your vehicle is nowhere to be found.

Powerlock
Does anyone really have enough protection against car theft? It seems that whenever a new security product is developed, professional auto thieves learn to defeat it in a very short time.

Common Sense Prevents Car Theft
Car thefts increase in the summer, partly because many juveniles prone to crime are out of school for the summer, and may turn to stealing on "nothing-to-do" summer days.

How to Avoid Being a Victim of Auto Theft
You wake up one morning, get ready for work, grab your coffee and car keys and head outside to your automobile. Maybe you don't always lock it up, but who would want to steal an eight-year-old car from right in front of your house?

Protect Your Car From Thieves
While some progress has been made, auto theft continues to be one of the nation's most costly property crimes, amounting to approximately $7.6 billion annually. In the U.S., a car is stolen every 21 seconds, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports.



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Car Thieves Just As High-Tech As Anti-Theft Devices

By Michelle Groh-Gordy   

It's unthinkable. You wake up one morning and your vehicle is nowhere to be found.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the top 10 most stolen vehicles in California are:

  • 1989 Toyota Camry
  • 1991 Honda Accord
  • 1995 Honda Civic
  • 1988 Toyota Pickup
  • 1991 Nissan Sentra
  • 1990 Acura Integra
  • 1993 Saturn SL
  • 1987 Toyota Corolla
  • 1992 Chevrolet Full Size C/K 1500 Pickup
  • 2000 Ford Mustang

This list left me puzzled. If you are going to go through all the trouble of committing a felony and risk spending a significant chunk of your life in a claustrophobic cement cell, why not steal something exotic, expensive and new?

It turns out that thieves often target older vehicles because they are easy prey. Older cars are less likely to have anti-theft deterrents and can often be sold quickly, or stripped and sold for parts that are worth two to three times the value of the intact vehicle.

I wish I would have known this in the '80s when I sold my junker college transportation for a song. It seems like I would have made out better if I had dismembered the darn thing.

As thieves become more sophisticated, however, more and more figure out ways to circumvent the high-tech security measures of newer cars as well. Today's contemporary thief might be found swapping electronic control modules, or ECMs, which work with smart key technology, or using laptop computers to reprogram a vehicle's software.

Where do they learn this stuff? I must have missed the midday commercial for AT Tech (Auto Thief Technical) school.

According to the NICB, a vehicle is stolen in the United States every 25.5 seconds. To aid you in thwarting would-be thieves, the NICB recommends a four-step "layered approach" to protecting your vehicle. The first step involves using common sense, with recommendations like "not leaving your keys in the ignition" of an unlocked car.

If you have to be told not to leave your keys in the ignition of an unlocked car, you are definitely a new arrival to the Southern California area. The second layer of recommended protection is a warning device. While steering-wheel and brake-pedal locks seem prudent, I am not so sure about their suggested use of "audible alarms." There have been many times when I have secretly wished that someone would abscond with a car that has one of those irritating, shrieking, whistling, whooping and beeping car alarms. It seems that audible car alarms always manage to go off when the owner is out of earshot -- or worse yet, out of town.

The recommended third and fourth layers of protection are more high-tech. "Kill" switches, fuel cut-offs, and the aforementioned smart keys are suggested as "immobilizing devices." Tracking devices which alert police or monitoring agencies are considered to be the gold standard in vehicle protection. In the end, if a thief really wants your car, he probably will find a way to take it. However, it ...

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Powerlock

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It they can't start it -- it is very difficult to steal it.

All of these devices have been unable to stop the epidemic of vehicle thefts. Professional thieves routinely hot-wire to get around alarms and deterrents. The hot-wiring process is the fastest and easiest way to get around the ignition key, start the vehicle and drive it away ? literally gone in 60 seconds!

So why is Powerlock different from all these other security methods? Powerlock has a unique "sealed" electronic system that is impossible to circumvent because it works with the starting circuitry of the vehicle. The system is easy to install and operate ? and it is 100% foolproof. Powerlock becomes an integral part of the starting system and cannot be removed or bypassed. It has no impact on the vehicle?s emissions, electrical, or ignition systems and it will not void any warranty. It works independently of factory security systems and other convenience features like keyless entry and is completely compatible with all other security devices. Powerlock makes a perfect foundation to a layered anti-theft system. Since my car is a convertible, Powerlock keeps thieves from driving the car away and the AutoTaser deters entry into the car for whatever nefarious purpose.

How is Powerlock operated? There is a factory-matched Coded Key which produces an encrypted electronic handshake telling the system it is all right to activate the starting circuit. The key reader is installed right next to the steering wheel, convenient to the ignition. Just tap the key reader with the key, wait for the green light and two beeps, and start the car. It is just that easy. If the car is not started within 45 seconds, the horn will sound for 60 seconds. If the system is tampered with in any way, the horn will sound.

When the ignition is turned off, the system arms itself after 45 seconds. (These few seconds are helpful when you realize you need to restart the engine to raise the electronic windows.) There is also a "valet mode" to temporarily deactivate the system for parking attendants, service personnel, repairs or car washes. The coded keys are mathematically impossible to duplicate.

I had my Powerlock installed in less than 45 minutes by an authorized dealer. Should I have a problem, there is a 24-hour toll-free customer service number for assistance. So far, so good!

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